John Tully (1862-1931) and Dhuie Tully (1862-1950) Fochabers, Scotland, 1913 plaque is 10 1/2 by 32 in. stenciled on back from "C. Farlow & Co. Ltd., London." inscribed on plaque "Weight 7 lbs. 4 ozs., Killed in Gardiners Pool, Isle of Benbecula, Sept. 20th 1913."
A twenty-six-and-one-half-inch-long carving mounted on a rectangular board.
John Tully learned his trade by apprenticing for the master fish carver John B. Russell (1819-1893), one of the founding fathers of trophy fish carving. In the 1870s, Russell had a studio in Fochabers, a village on the east bank of the river Spey. He carved and painted life-size models of trophy salmon until his death in 1893. Tully married Russell’s daughter, Isabella "Dhuie" (1862-1950), and it was Dhuie that painted nearly all of her husband John’s carvings. John, the carver, and Dhuie, the painter, were one of the finest artisan duos to have ever worked in the carved and painted wood tradition.
Provenance: Private Collection, Midwest
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